Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009

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The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 (No. 4/2009) was a law in Ireland which provided for parliamentary constituencies for the 31st Dáil Éireann.[1] The 31st Dáil was elected at the 2011 general election in March 2011.

This Act replaced the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005, which defined the constituencies used for the 30th Dáil (elected in 2007). The 2007 report of the Constituency Commission,[2] an independent body established by the Government of Ireland to review constituency boundaries, proposed several changes to Dáil constituencies. These changes were provided for by the Act.

Summary of changes[edit]

This table below, summarises the changes in representation. It does not address revisions to the boundaries of constituencies.

Constituency Created Seats Change
Dublin West 1981 4 gains 1 seat
Dún Laoghaire 1977 4 loses 1 seat
Kerry North 1937 3 abolished
Kerry North–West Limerick 2011 3 new constituency
Limerick 2011 3 new constituency
Limerick City 2011 4 new constituency
Limerick East 1948 5 abolished
Limerick West 1948 3 abolished
Louth 1923 5 gains 1 seat

There were further boundary changes to 18 constituencies, these were: Cork East, Cork North–Central, Cork North–West, Donegal North–East, Donegal South–West, Dublin North, Dublin North–Central, Dublin North–East, Dublin South, Kerry South, Kildare North, Kildare South, Laois–Offaly, Meath East, Meath West, Roscommon–South Leitrim, Sligo–North Leitrim and Tipperary North.

List of constituencies for the 31st Dáil[edit]

Explanation of columns

  • No.: The number of the constituency (in alphabetical order).
  • Constituency: The name of the constituency. Compass points follow the area name in this list, which is not always the case in the official version of the name.
  • Created: The year of the election when a constituency of the same name was last created.
  • Seats: The number of TDs elected from the constituency under the Act.
  • Change: Change in the number of seats since the last distribution of seats (which took effect in 2007).
No. Constituency Created Seats Change
01 Carlow–Kilkenny 1948 5 none
02 Cavan–Monaghan 1977 5 none
03 Clare 1921 4 none
04 Cork East 1981 4 none
05 Cork North–Central 1981 4 none
06 Cork North–West 1981 3 none
07 Cork South–Central 1981 5 none
08 Cork South–West 1961 3 none
09 Donegal North–East 1981 3 none
10 Donegal South–West 1981 3 none
11 Dublin Central 1981 4 none
12 Dublin Mid–West 2002 4 none
13 Dublin North 1981 4 none
14 Dublin North–Central 1948 3 none
15 Dublin North–East 1981 3 none
16 Dublin North–West 1981 3 none
17 Dublin South 1981 5 none
18 Dublin South–Central 1948 5 none
19 Dublin South–East 1948 4 none
20 Dublin South–West 1981 4 none
21 Dublin West 1981 4 plus 1
22 Dún Laoghaire 1977 4 minus 1
23 Galway East 1977 4 none
24 Galway West 1937 5 none
25 Kerry North–West Limerick 2011 3 plus 3
26 Kerry South 1937 3 none
27 Kildare North 1997 4 none
28 Kildare South 1997 3 none
29 Laois–Offaly 2007 5 none
30 Limerick 2011 3 plus 3
31 Limerick City 2011 4 plus 4
32 Longford–Westmeath 2007 4 none
33 Louth 1923 5 plus 1
34 Mayo 1997 5 none
35 Meath East 2007 3 none
36 Meath West 2007 3 none
37 Roscommon–South Leitrim 2007 3 none
38 Sligo–North Leitrim 2007 3 none
39 Tipperary North 1948 3 none
40 Tipperary South 1948 3 none
41 Waterford 1923 4 none
42 Wexford 1921 5 none
43 Wicklow 1923 5 none

Constituencies abolished[edit]

Constituency Created Seats Change
Kerry North 1937 3 minus 3
Limerick East 1948 5 minus 5
Limerick West 1948 3 minus 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Report on Dáil and European Parliament Constituencies 2007". Constituency Commission. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2008. 

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